New York Yankee Recap: Rizzo roadshow continues as Yankees sweep the Miami Marlins

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In the matinee today, the New York Yankees went for the sweep of the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida. The Yankees won the first game 3-1, the second game 4-3 with new Yankee Anthony Rizzo hitting a home run in each and going five for five. The Yankees today had five lefties in the starting lineup. The Yankees are 4 for 10 this season when trying to accomplish a sweep of a series. The matchup today was Jordan Montgomery vs. the Marlins Sandy Alcantara. The Yankees swept the Marlins with the 3-1 win today.

Anthony Rizzo led off for the Yankees with Alcantara on the mound and popped out to shallow left. Aaron Judge struck out swinging. Joey Gallo struck out as the Yankees went down in order. At the bottom, Miguel Rojas led off by doubling off the left-field wall. Jazz Chisholm got an infield single moving Rojas to third. Brian Anderson got an RBI out to third, scoring Rojas. Jesus Aguilar popped out to a charging Judge. Lewis Brinson struck out, but the Marlins went on the board first. Miami Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Gary Sanchez led off the second inning by grounding out to third. Rougie Odor ground out to second. Gleyber Torres hit back to Alcantara to end the scoreless half. Bryan De La Cruz led off the bottom by flying out to Gallo in left. Sandy Leon flew out to Gardner in center. Mangneuris Sierra ground out. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

The top of the third inning was led off by Brett Gardner, who struck out. Tyler Wade walked and stole second. Jordan Montgomery went down looking. Rizzo flew out to center to end the half. The bottom was led off by the pitcher Sandy Alcantara who struck out. Rojas flew out to Judge in right. Chisholm reached on a ball three infielders couldn’t catch. Rizzo got the error on the play. Chisholm went for the steal but was called out. Upon review, the call was upheld. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning and singled through the right side. Gallo flew out to third. Sanchez struck out on a pitch way out of the box. Odor struck out as the Yankee stranded their only base runner of the game. At the bottom, Anderson went down on strikes. Aguilar struck out. Brinson popped out to Torres to end the inning. Marlins 1 New York Yankees 0.

The top of the fifth was led off by Gleyber Torres, who went down swinging. Gardner ground out to second. Wade went down on Alcantara’s 8th strikeout of the game. De La Cruz led off the bottom by singling for his first major league hit. Leon walked on four pitches. Sierra reached on the force out at second. De La Cruz went to third.  Sierra stole second. Alcantara chopped to third, holding the runner while being thrown out at first. Rojas went down on a Monty curveball, and the Marlins don’t score. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Pinch-hitting for Monty was Greg Allen, who struck out for Alcantara’s 9th strikeout. Rizzo ground out. Judge struck out to end the half and give Alcantara his 10th strikeout. At the bottom, Chisholm faced the new Yankee pitcher Clay Holmes. Monty only gave up 3 hits in the game. Chisholm struck out swinging. Anderson ground out to third. Aguilar hit down the third baseline, but Tyler Wade made a spectacular throw for the out. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Joey Gallo led off the seventh inning and got his first Yankee hit with a double that was almost a homer. Sanchez ground out to third. Odor chopped out to first. Torres, with the game-tying run just 90′ away, ground out to second to strand Gallo. At the bottom, Brinson led off for the Marlins, and he gound out. De La Cruz, ground to Wade, was originally called a single, but he was out at first on review. Leon found a hole for a two-out single. Sierra faced the new Yankees pitcher Joely Rodriguez and ground out to end the inning. Marlins 1 Yankees 0.

Brett Gardner led off the eight with a lead-off single off new pitcher Anthony Bass. DJ LeMahieu pinch-hit for Wade. He struck out. Giancarlo Stanton pinch hit for J-Rod. He reached with Gardner going to third. Against new Marlins pitcher Richard Bleier, Rizzo got a base hit to left, scoring Gardner and tying the game at 1. Judge singled and scored Stanton. Rizzo was out at third on the play. Gallo struck out but not before the Yankees scored two runs for the lead in the game. New York Yankees 2 Marlins 1

At the bottom of the eight against Zack Britton, Alfaro pinch hit for Bleier; he ground out. Rojas walked on four pitches. Chisholm hit into a double play to end the inning. Rizzo made a spectacular scoop, fired to second, and made the catch to complete the double play. Rizzo is the real deal.

At the top of the ninth inning, Sanchez against Dylan Floro stuck out. Odor flew out to the center-field wall. Torres got a base hit single to center. Gardner who started the eighth-inning rally, singled on a double-booted ball that scored Torres all the way from first base. LeMahieu grounded out, but the Yankees picked up another run. At the bottom with last licks in the game, Aroldis Chapman came on to close it out for the Yankees. Brian Anderson went down on a Chapman slider. Jesus Aguilar was called out on strikes. Lewis Brinson flew out to Gardner to end the game and get the sweep for the Yankees.

The final score was the New York Yankees 3 the Miami Marlins 1. The winning pitcher Joely Rodriguez throwing only one pitch. The loser was Anthony Bass. Aroldis Chapman got his 22nd save of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Preview of the weekend Miami Marlins series

New York Yankees, Jameson Taillon

The New York Yankees start a three-game weekend series with Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins tonight at LoanDepot Park, a retractable roof stadium located in little Havana just two miles west of downtown Miami. It is the smallest MLB park by capacity. The Yankees have great ties with the Marlins, its manager is the former Yankee star Don Mattingly, and Derek Jeter is the team’s Chief Executive officer.

The Marlins this season sit at the bottom of the National League East with a 44-58 record and coming off losing 6 of their last ten games. The New York Yankees are in third place in the AL East 8.5 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox. However, they are 6-4 in their last ten games.

The Yankees will have a new look tonight with acquisition Joey Gallo somewhere in the middle of the lineup. It is not known if Anthony Rizzo will be available for tonight’s game. They will also have reinforcements in the bullpen with new pitcher Clay Holmes who made his scoreless relief debut last night for the Yankees. Joining him in the bullpen will be Joely Rodríguez, who came to the Yankees in the Gallo trade. J-Rod is a lefty that is 1-3 with an ERA of 5.93 with the Rangers in 31 games.

Tonight, July 30, 7:10 pm:

Jameson Taillon will take the mound tonight in Miami, facing right Zach Thompson. Taillon, all season long, has been one of the Yankee’s least dependable pitchers but has improved recently. Taillon is 6-4 with an ERA of 4.36 and 93 strikeouts. He is coming off one of his best wins of the season against the Boston Red Sox in a Yankee 4-3 win. He has won the last two of his starts. Jesus Aguilar has given Taillon the most trouble hitting .357 against him with 2 home runs in 14 at-bats.

Taillon will face Zach Thompson, a righty with a 2-3 record with an ERA of 2.45 in 8 starts this season. The Marlins have lost his last three starts. No Yankee has ever seen Thompson pitch except in videos.

As of this writing, the Marlins have not announced their starters for the last two games of the weekend series. Tonight’s game will be televised in the New York area on WPIX and its affiliates. In Miami on Bally Sports Florida.

Saturday, July 31, 6:10 pm:

Game two of the series on Saturday night will feature Domingo German on the mound for the Yankees against a yet to be announced Marlins pitcher. German has been a mixed bag for the Yankees this season. After bombing out in his first start, he was sent down to Scranton to figure it out. Upon his return, the Yankees won his next six starts. Most recently, he has not gone deep into games and has struggled. He pitched seven innings losing to the Boston Red Sox in his last outing, only giving up 1 run and striking out a season-high 10 Boston players. Which German shows up for game two is anyone’s guess. Watch in the YES Network and Bally Sports Florida.

Sunday, August 1, 1:10 pm:
The final game of the series, a Sunday Matinee, will be started by Jordan Montgomery, a lefty that is 4-5 with an ERA of 3.78 and 100 strikeouts. Montgomery has been one of the Yankee’s best pitchers this season but has gotten nearly no run support in his starts. The Yankees have lost 5 of his last 6 starts but only scored 12 runs across those starts. He is coming off a five-inning 102 pitch scoreless outing against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sunday’s matinee is on the YES Network and Bally Sports Florida.

New York Yankees: 3 takeaways from Yankees nail-biter win over the Rays

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The New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays with a certain urgency to get a win so they would have a chance to win a series, after losing one to their other rival the Boston Red Sox. Although it was a nail-biter late, the Yankees came away with the 4-3 win.

Montgomery pitches a gem

As he has so many times before, although having early game struggles, Jordan Montgomery kept the Yankees in the game. The Tampa Bay Rays hitters made Monty work hard through the first two innings. He used 51 pitches to get through the two innings. But from then on through the fifth inning, he pretty much breezed through the Rays lineup using 102 pitches. In the end, Monty didn’t give up a run and finally got a run of support.

Montgomery got his first win since June 2nd. Although the Yankee lineup has let down most of their pitchers, Monty has been the poster boy for no run support. He has given up an average of just 1.8 runs per game in his past seven starts while getting absolutely no run support. His command and control seem to be getting better with each start.

Concerning takeaway from Yankee win

After a devasting loss to the Boston Red Sox in the last game of that series, the Yankees needed to get a good start to this Tampa Bay series so they could have a chance to take the series. They did that with a 4-3 win last night. But, make no mistake about it, Monty won that game, not the Yankee lineup. The Yankees did get 10 hits in the game but went 3 for 16 with men in scoring position, leaving 11 Yankees on base. Twice they hit into double plays and lead all of baseball in that stat. The Yankees blew several opportunities to blow the game wide open.

Another concern was the Yankee bullpen

At the start of the season, industry sources said that the New York Yankees had one of the best bullpens in baseball, but in July, that has been disproven. Several relievers had pitiful outings. Last night after Montgomery pitched a solid five innings, the usually efficient Chad Green entered in the sixth inning, gave up two runs, and took 32 pitches to get through one inning. Zack Britton game up another run in the eighth.

In the ninth inning and Montgomery’s win almost blown, Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth. Although he got the win, it was another nail-biting inning for the pitcher and fans. Chapman has struggled since the end of June, and last night was no different. First, he gave up a walk, and it took him 19 pitches to get out of the inning.

Yankees trade away long time reliever

In a puzzling move, the New York Yankee front office announced that they had traded long-time long-haul reliever Luis Cessa to the Cincinnati Reds at the end of last night’s game. Also included in the trade was Justin Wilson, and they got back nothing except a player to be named later.

Cessa has been the go-to long reliever for the last two New York Yankee managers. In his eleven seasons, he has a 55-54 record and an ERA of 3.74, which is very good for a reliever that usually enters the game with runners on base and has to give the team several innings of long relief.

This season has been his best with the Yankees. The 29-year-old is inducing ground balls at a massive 56.8% clip this year. Statcast shows he’s been among the top twenty percent of pitchers in suppressing opponents’ average exit velocity, hard contact, and barrels. In 38 1/3 innings, this season he has earned a career-best 2.82 ERA.

The only explanation I can come up with to get rid of Cessa involves Justin Wilson, who has not pitched well for the Yankees; he has an ERA of 7.50 in 18 innings of work and a contract that costs the Yankees close to $3 million. This amounts to a Yankees salary dump; unfortunately, the Yankees lose Cessa in the deal. Yankee fans can only hope that the salary dump brings something good to the team later this week.

It must have been quite a shock to Cessa, who has spent his last six years in the majors with the New York Yankees.

New York Yankees: Tampa Bay Rays series preview of a must-win series

Last week, the New York Yankees went into a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox, hoping to win that series. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen; the Yankees couldn’t even split the series. That loss makes the series that starts tonight with the Tampa Bay Rays even more important to put it into the win column for the struggling Yankees. The series will be played under the dome at Tropicana Field.

The Yankees are now just one half-game from 10 games out in the AL East. The Yankees started the season with what most thought was a championship team. Performance has shown that that has not been proven to be true. A championship team wins more than they lose, a lot more wins than the Yankees have been able to win. A championship team leads its division. The fact is that the Yankees have not been able to beat the teams ahead of them in the division.

Tampa Bay is one of those teams. In the first series of the season, the Yankees won one of 3. Then, in mid-April, the Rays swept the Yankees. In mid-May, the Yankees took 2 of 3. Finally, in early June, they split a four-game series. Going into this series, the Yankees are 5-8 against the Rays this season. The Yankees really need a win in this series to begin a difficult climb up in the AL East standings.

Tonight, July 27, 7:10 pm:

The New York Yankees, tonight, will send Jordan Montgomery to the mound to face Shane McClanahan. The game at Tropicana Field will begin at 7:10 pm. Montgomery has been the bad luck kid getting little, if any, run support. The Yankees have only scored 10 runs in his last 6 starts. That’s less than 2 runs a game. Monty is 3-5  with an ERA of 3.96  with 105 strikeouts. However, he has pitched much better than the stats suggest. Monty hopes in this important game against the Rays; he will get some help.

Shane McClanahan will start for the Tampa Bay Rays. He is a lefty that is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA and 78 strikeouts. McClanahan coming off two wins in a row, one against the Blue Jays and one against the Orioles. This month he has allowed two walks per game. All of the regular Yankees have hit well off of McClanahan this season. Tonight’s game is televised on WPIX and its affiliates in New York, Bally Sports Sun in Florida, and MLBN out of market nationally.

Wednesday, July 28, 7:10 pm:

Back off the Covid list, Nestor Cortes Jr. will start the Wednesday evening game against Michael Wacha. Cortes has pitched masterfully, replacing Corey Kluber in the rotation. The Yankees have won his last four starts giving up just one run. He is 0-0 with an ERA of 1.95 with 34 strikeouts. Most of the Rays players have not seen much of Cortes. Only Yandy Diaz has hit well off of Cortes.

The Rays righty Michael Wacha will start for the Rays. He is 2-2 with a 5.16 ERA and 34 strikeouts. The Rays have won his last three starts while giving up eight runs.  Both Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu have .333 batting averages off him. Gio Urshela has had the best record going .400 in five plate appearances. Wednesday night’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports Sun, and nationally on ESPN.

Thursday, July 30, 1:10 pm:

Thursday’s matinee will feature New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole pitted against righty Luis Patino. Cole has been the Yankee’s most successful pitcher. He is 10-5 with an ERA of 2.74 and an incredible baseball-leading 166 strikeouts. He is coming off a loss to the Boston Red Sox. Back on July 10th, he pitched a complete-game shutout of the Houston Astros. Only one Ray has Cole’s number. Ji-Mon Choi has a .667 batting average against Cole in 12 at-bats.

The Rays will send out Luis Patino to face Cole. Patino is a righty that is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.26. Patino is a starter and long reliever for the Rays. He seldom goes more than four innings. This will be the seventh start of his pitching career. The Yankees have little experience with Patino. Only DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela have gotten a hit off him. The matinee game will be televised on the YES Network and Bally Sports Sun.

New York Yankees: 3 Takeaways from the implosion of the Yankee bullpen

New York Yankees, Chad Green

After four straight wins, the New York Yankees entered a four-game series with the rival Boston Red Sox last night. With such positivity the Yankees looked to get their fifth win in a row, it was not to be as the Yankee bullpen gave the game to the Red Sox. It was a crushing 5-4 loss for the Yankees in the tenth inning.

Montgomery’s bad luck continues

Jordan Montgomery is without a doubt the bad luck kid. For the fifth game in a row pitched adequately, but the game was lost by the Yankee bullpen. Last night Montgomery pitched really well and had good control of all of his pitches, especially his curveball. He pitched 5 2/3rd innings giving up only 3 hits and one walk. He threw 83 pitches, 57 for strikes. After not allowing a run, he left the game with the one-run Yankee lead.

Montgomery has gotten the least run support than any other Yankee pitcher. He is now 3-5 in 19 starts, with an ERA of 3.96. in four of his games, he got zero run support. in another 11 games, the Yankees only scored 3 or fewer runs.

One out away from another win bullpen implodes

After Jordan Montgomery pitch a fine game into the sixth inning, call-up Sal Romano pitched a clean 2/3 of an inning. Lucas Luetge gave up a run tying the game. Luis Cessa pitched a scoreless eighth. That was when everything went south. With the Yankees picking up two runs, the score was 3-1 when Chad Green stepped to the mound to close out the win. Green had no command of his pitches and gave up two runs pushing the game into extra innings.

At the top of the tenth with ghost runner Tyler Wade on second LeMahieu against closer Matt Barnes ground out, but Wade went to third base. Brett Gardner sac flew to left, driving in Wade for the as the Yankees again took lead. What happened next was something no one could ever predict. Yankee reliever Brooks Kriske threw four wild pitches. In doing so he gave the game away to the Red Sox as they scored two runs off the lost reliever.

Two steps forward, one back

It seems this season that every time things are starting to look rosy for the Yankee they take a giant step back. Last night the Yankees entered the game after winning four straight games and two series. With a win last night they could have gained a game against their rivals that lead the AL East, but no, they lost the game and went further back in the standings.

If the New York Yankees are going to turn their season around they have to win games against their division foes, particularly the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. The next six games are against those teams. Gerrit Cole will take the mound tonight to face Eduardo Rodriguez in game two of the series. Jameson Taillon and Domingo German will pitch the last two games. The Yankees need to take these next three games to advance on the Red Sox.

Note: After this Red Sox series the New York Yankees will move on to face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in Tampa. The Yankees this season are 5-8 against the Rays. In the news yesterday the Rays improved their lineup by acquiring Nelson Cruz from the Twins.

 

New York Yankees: Yankees lose in the tenth as relievers fail miserably

New York Yankees, Brooks Kriske

Tonight the New York Yankees started a critical four-game series with the Boston Red Sox that could turn around their season. Jordan Montgomery faced Tanner Houck. Unfortunately, this first game was not that game as the Yankee relievers gave away the game. Boston Red Sox 5 New York Yankees 4 in a ten-inning game.

DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees facing Tanner Houck and flew out to Renfro in right. Brett Gardner went down on strikes. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to center to end the half. In the bottom, Enrique Hernandez led off by flying out to Florial in right-center. Rafael Devers popped out to second. Xander Bogaerts struck with both pitchers going 1-2-3 for a quick scoreless inning.

At the second, Rougie Odor led off by picking up a lead-off single. Gleyber Torres went down by striking way outside. Rob Brantly struck out. Greg Allen went down looking for another quick inning for Houck. At the bottom, JT Martinez struck out. Hunter Renfroe flew out to Florial in center. Christian Vazquez flew out to Greg Allen in right for another 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. No score.

The third inning was led off by Estevan Florial, who lined out to second. Tyler Wade struck out with light rain falling at the park. DJ LeMahieu was Houck’s sixth strikeout of the game. In the bottom, Alex Verdugo, who was hit by a ball by a Yankee fan at the Stadium, led off for the Red Sox, and he hit a single for the first baserunner for the Sox. Bobby Dalbec flew out to Gardner. Michael Chavis singled, moving Verdugo to third. Hernandez struck out. Chavis took second on a ball in the dirt. Devers walked, loading the bases. Xander Bogaerts lined out to Torres as Montgomery got out of a jam unscathed. No score.

At the top of the fourth, Gardner led off by walking. Stanton walked. First and second, nobody out Odor struck out. Torres ground out. After a very long half, Gardner scored for the Yankee’s one-run lead in the game. Tyler Wade singled. As the rain came down heavier, the umpires called for the tarps, and the game was halted for 55 minutes after the bottom of the inning.

At the top of the fifth, with Wade on first and Josh Taylor now pitching LeMahieu walked, Wade advanced to second base. Brett Gardner ground out to finally end the half. At the bottom, with Montgomery still on the mound after an hour and 12-minute wait, Alex Verdugo ground out to first. Dalbec struck out swining. Chavis struck out, and the fifth was finally over. It looked as though Montgomery hadn’t lost a beat. New York Yankees 1 Boston Red Sox 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the sixth; he rocketed one to third for the first out. Odor struck out swinging. Torres, who drove in Gardner in the last inning single off Chavis’s glove. Torres stole second. Brantly went down on strikes to end the half. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Red Sox. Hernandez against Montgomery ground out to short. Devers ground out to short. Bogaerts singled to right with two outs. Martinez faced the new pitcher Sal Romano making his Yankee debut, and he singled off Romano with Bogaerts going to third. Renfroe flew out to right to end the inning and protect the Montgomery one-run lead. Yankees 1 Red Sox 0.

The seventh inning was led off by Greg Allen, who has been filling in for Judge in right field. He tapped back against Harwinzon Hernandez for out number one. Florial tipped into the glove for Vazquez. Wade struck out to end the half. At the bottom against Romano, Vazquez tapped back to Romano for the first out. Verdugo faced new pitcher Lucas Luetge and singled to second. Dalbec singled to right. Chavis two on and one out lined to Wade, but Wade dropped it to load the bases with an E5 and still with one out. Hernandez sac flew to center for the tied game. Devers singles, but Dalbec was out at home to end the inning tied. Yankees 1 Red Sox 1.

It was the top of the lineup for the Yankees in the eighth. LeMahieu against former Yankees Adam Ottavino walked. LeMahieu stole second on Ottavino. Gardner walked. With two on and no outs, Stanton singled to center to score LeMahieu for the Yankee lead in the game. Odor moved the runners up with a bunt out. Torres got a sac fly to right scoring Gardner. Brantly struck out, but the Yankees took the two-run lead. At the bottom against Luis Cessa Bogaerts ground out to first. Martinez lined to Wade. Renfroe tapped back to Cessa as Cessa put down the Red Sox in order. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 1.

Greg Allen led off the ninth inning, who popped out against Yacksel Rio for the first out. Estevan Florial walked. Florial was thrown out trying to steal second. Tyler Wade was tagged out running to first to end the half. With last licks on the line for the Boston Red Sox at the bottom, Christian Vazquez against Chad Green struck out looking. Alex Verdugo got a base hit in front of Gardner in left. Bobby Dalbec singled to center. Kevin Plawecki pinch-hitting for Chavis flew out to Gardner for the second out. Hernandez got a game-tying two-run double to tie up the game in the ninth. Rafael Devers flew out to Allen in right, but the damage was done as the game went into extra innings. New York Yankees 3 Red Sox 3.

In the tenth, with Tyler Wade on second, LeMahieu against closer Matt Barnes ground out, but Wade went to third base. Brett Gardner sac flew to left, driving in Wade for the Yankee lead. Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging. At the bottom with the Yankee one-run lead, On the first pitch by Brooks Kriske Devers, the ghost runner went to third on a wild pitch. Unbelievably a second wild pitch allowed the Red Sox to tie the game. Martinez at the plate a third wild pitch allowed Bogaerts to advance. Another wild pitch advanced him to third. Martinez struck out. Renfroe flew out to Allen in right, but Bogaerts scored to win it for the Red Sox.

This winning pitcher was Matt Barnes, and the loser was Brooks Kriske. The final score was Boston Red Sox 5 and the New York Yankees 4.

New York Yankees: Yankees enter critical series with the Red Sox – Preview

Under impossible odds, the New York Yankees are trying to pull themselves out of a self-created hole they have made for themselves in the AL East. In that effort, they have now won four straight games. They took a series from the Red Sox and most recently swept the Philadelphia Phillies with a walk-off win in the tenth inning last night when call-up Ryan LeMarre singled, initiating the win.

What makes this recent turnaround so incredible is that the Yankees have won with 18 players injured or on the Covid list. Some of the biggest names on that list are slugger Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ most productive player, and Gold Glove-like consistent hitter Gio Urshela. Luke Voit is also out of the lineup with a knee injury. They are also without starters Corey Kluber, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Michael King. The Yankees have called up player after player from the minors and have performed admirably for the most part. In some cases, a replacement has replaced another replacement at the same position. None on the Covid list will return to the team during the Boston series.

Regardless of the recent success, the Yankees have only advanced one game in the East and have much work to do to turn their sour season around completely. Tonight they enter a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. This is a crucial series where the Yankees can really move up in the East standings or possibly shut the door on any rebound. With the recent success, they are now 7 games behind the East-leading Red Sox and six games behind the second-place Tampa Bay Rays. All of their next seven games are between these two teams.

Tonight, July 22, 7:10 pm:

Jordan Montgomery will take to the mound tonight in game one against the Red Sox. The lefty is 3-5 with an ERA of 4.18 and 99 strikeouts. Montgomery has gotten very little run support in his games; in fact, in his last four games, he has gotten no run support at all. Nevertheless, the Yankees have won 11 of his 18 starts. The Yankees hope Monty can go deep into the game after using 11 relievers in the last two days. Monty will have to be careful with Xander Bogaerts; he has a .474 batting average off him in 19 at-bats.

Montgomery will face the Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck. He is a righty that is 0-2 with an ERA of 3.38. Houck has pitched in only 4 games this season, 2 as a starter. His last game was a save for the Red Sox against the Yankees when he came in in the seventh inning to finish off the Yankees in game one of the last series. While most Yankees were hitless off of Houck, Tyler Wade and callup Greg Allen got a hit off of him.

Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network, NESN, and MLBN out of market.

Friday, July 23, 7:10 pm:
New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will start in game two on Friday night. Cole is 10-4 on the season with an ERA of 2.63. He leads all of baseball with 158 strikeouts. Cole is coming off two consecutive wins, one a complete game with a career-high 129 pitches against the Houston Astros, the other a 96 pitch win over the Red Sox on July 17. When the Sox take the field, Cole had better hope that Danny Santana isn’t standing at first base. Santana has a .643 batting average off Cole in 14 at-bats.
Cole will face the Boston ace Eduardo Rodriguez a lefty who is 7-5 with an ERA of 5.19 and 112 strikeouts. E-Rod has faced the Yankees three times this season, winning all of his starts, the most recent was a shutout of the Yankees on July 16th. Rougie Odor has E-Rods number; he has a .374 batting average off him in 9 at-bats.
Friday night’s game will be televised on WPIX and its affiliates, NESN, and MLBN out of market.
Saturday, July 24, 4:10 pm:
Saturday’s later afternoon game will feature Jameson Taillon pitching for the New York Yankees. Taillon is a righty that is 5-4 with an ERA of 4.60. Taillon is not a strikeout pitcher but relies on ground ball-outs. He and Domingo German have been the Yankees’ most undependable starters, although he has pitched better in his last two outings. Taillon is coming off a win against these very Red Sox when he pitched 5.1 shutout innings. Xander Bogaerts and Hunter Renfro have been Yankees killers with Taillon on the mound.
Taillon will face the righty former Yankee pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi for the Red Sox is 9-5 with an ERA of 4.60, he like Taillon is also not a strikeout pitcher; he has only 89 on the season. He is coming off two straight losses, one against the Angels and one against the Yankees on July 17. He was the loser in that rain-shortened game. Over his career with the Red Sox, only DJ LeMahieu and Greg Allen have been successful off him with batting averages of .338 and .500.
Saturday’s game will be televised on the YES Network, NESN, and FS1.
Sunday, July 25, 1:10 pm:
Sunday’s matinee will pit Domingo German against Martin Perez. German has been a puzzle this season for the Yankees. He is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.71. Near the beginning of the season, the Yankees won six of his starts in a row. But more recently, the Yankees have lost 3 or his last 5 starts.  The Yankees don’t know what they will get with German; he could be lights out but more frequently struggles. German puzzles some Sox, Bogaerts hits well off on him, while Devers has a .133 average off him in 15 at-bats.
Geman will face Martin Perez, a lefty that is 7-6 with an ERA of 4.16. Perez is coming off of two losses, one against the Phillies and one against the Yankees on July 18th. He has been dogged all season long by not going deeper into games. In the Yankees 9-1 win, he went only 4 innings giving up 3 earned runs. Several Yankees hit well against him in Stanton, LeMahieu, and Odor.
Sunday’s finale will be televised on the YES Network, NESN, and on TBS out of market.
In the next month, both of these teams will see the return of important pitchers to their rotation. Ace Chris Sales will return to the Boston Red Sox first, with Luis Severino returning some near the end of August. The New York Yankees are also expecting the return of Corey Kluber in September.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from another loss to the Boston Red Sox

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After a postponed game due to Covid concerns, the New York Yankees started their third series of the season against the Boston Red Sox. The hope going into the game was to win a game against their age-old rival finally. Unfortunately, it was not to be had. The Yankees now have lost every game played against the Boston team; they are 0-7. They haven’t been close games either; the Red Sox have outscored the Yankees by 3 or more runs in each of those games. The dismal pitcher was made even worse last night when they were shut out 4-0.

The Covid concerns we spoke about are six New York Yankee players going onto the Covid list that will keep them away from the team for at least 10 days. A challenging season just got even more challenging. The Yankees are 9 games behind the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox and 5 games back from the second wild card slot. In addition, the Yankees can’t win consistently against East division teams. They are 17-25 against their East rivals with only a slight advantage over the East cellar Baltimore Orioles.

Jordan Montgomery gets no run support again

Jordan Montgomery is the poor luck kid. Montgomery pitched a clean first inning, starting the game going 1-2-3. Then, in the second inning, with two on, Hunter Renfro ground out, but that brought Xander Bogaerts in for the first Red Sox run. Then, later in the inning, with Rafael Devers on second, Christain Arroyo hit a two-run homer to center field, and at that point, the game was over.

Giving up three runs is not a huge deal if your lineup is hitting and putting runs on the board, but that’s not the case with the Yankees. They didn’t get their first hit until much later in the game and only racked up 3 at the end of the game. After last night’s game, Montgomery is tied for most games in a row with no run support. After giving up the three runs, he pitched well into the sixth inning as he found control of his curveball and not allowing another hit.

Yankees continue not to hit

Last night the Yankees played without Aaron Judge, Luke Voit, and Gio Urshela in the lineup. Judge and Urshela out on the Covid list, and Voit out on the 10 days with a bruised knee. The Yankees only got 3 hits in the game. You could blame the lack of hitting on the patched-up lineup, but this is a problem that has plagued the Yankees all season long. Against the Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez the Yankees only got two hits, two outs into the sixth inning. They managed one more hit of Houck in the eighth, and that was it. In the end, they went 0-3 with men in scoring position and leaving 6 Yankees on base.

Closer Aroldis Chapman is still not right

The New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and his new splitter went 18 games at the beginning of the season without allowing a run. Since then, his 0.00 ERA has risen to 4.55. Regardless of his splitter, his missile fastball is his put-away pitch, and he has lost control over it. In his last four games, he has given up 9 runs, allowing walks and home runs. In his last two games, his ERA is 13.50. He has pitched so badly that manager Aaron Boone has been afraid to use him, sitting him for ten games.

Last night in a no-pressure situation, Boone decided to send him out in the ninth with the Yankees behind by four runs. Chapman got out of the inning without giving up a run but obviously struggled. He walked one while taking 23 pitches to get out of the inning. Unfortunately, he did not gain any more trust from Aaron Boone. Boone also has fewer options with Nestor Cortes Jr., Wandy Peralta, and his best reliever Jonathan Loaisiga on the Covid list.

Notes: Backup catcher Kyle Higashioka is also on the Covid 10 day. Rob Brantly is serving as the backup catcher until Higashioka returns. With so many Yankees missing from the game Trey Amburgey and Hoy Park both made the Major League debuts but were not impactful. First baseman Chris Gittens was also called up for the game.

New York Yankees Recap: Boston Red Sox shut out the Yankees in first game

After a postponement last night due to the coronavirus cropping up for the second time this season, the New York Yankees were finally able to start their series with the Boston Red Sox tonight at Yankee Stadium. The starting lineup for the Yankees did not include slugger Aaron Judge and third baseman Gio Urshela. Instead, DJ LeMahieu moved to third base, and Rougie Odor took over for him at second base. In addition, Chris Gitten was called up to replace Luke Voit, who went on the IL with a knee issue. Jordan Montgomery started for the Yankees and Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox.

Lead-off man Enrique Hernandez faced Montgomery in the first and went down on a change-up. Alex Verdugo popped out to short. JD Martinez flew out to Trey Amburgey, making his major league debut in right field. Montgomery had a 1-2-3 inning to start his outing. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu singled up the middle. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a double play. Rougie Odor flew out to left for a scoreless inning for both teams.

At the second, Xander Bogaerts led off for the Sox, and he walked. Rafael Devers doubled to center on a ball just over Gardner’s head. Hunter Renfro with no outs and two on singled scoring Bogaerts. Christian Vazquez flew out to Locastro in left. Christian Arroyo hit a two-run homer to center field. Bobby Dalbec singled to right. Bobby Dalbec flew out to foul territory in right field, but the Red Sox picked up three runs in the half. The bottom was led off by Gary Sanchez, who walked. Gleyber Torres flew out to the wall in right. Brett Gardner also hit to the warning track, this one in center field. Chris Gittens chopped back to Rodriguez. Boston Red Sox 3 New York Yankees 0.

Verdugo led off the third inning by grounding out to Odor. Martinez struck out. Bogaerts lined out to second. At the bottom, Trey Amburgy got his major league debut at the plate, and he went down on strikes. Tim Locastro flew out to right. LeMahieu went down looking for a fast scoreless inning for both pitchers.

The fourth inning was led off by Devers, who lined out to first. Renfro went down swimming. Vazquez flew out to center as Montgomery had his second 1-2-3 innings in a row and his seventh put down of Red Sox hitters. At the bottom, Giancarlo Stanton led off by striking out swinging. Odor went down looking. Sanchez ripped one to right for the final out of the scoreless inning.

Vazquez led off the fifth by flying out to right. Dalbec struck out swinging. Hernandez walked. A passed ball allowed Hernandez to go to second. Verdugo lined out to Gittens at first. The bottom of the inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who struck out. Gardner struck out on the 10th pitch. Gittens walked. In his second major league at-bat, Amburgey reached an error with Gittens going to third base. Locastro went down on strikes leaving two Yankees on base for another scoreless inning. Boston Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

JD Martinez rolled out to Montgomery for the first out of the inning. Bogaerts flew out to Amburgey in right. Devers flew out to left for another 1-2-3 inning for Montgomery. At the bottom of the inning, DJ LeMahieu led off by tapping back to the pitcher who tagged him out at first. Stanton struck out to boos at the Stadium. Odor doubled to right field. Sanchez faced new pitcher Sawamuro and ground out to short as he ambled to first base. No scoring in the inning.

At the top of the seventh, Domingo German took the mound for the Yankees to face Renfro, who ground out to third. Vazquez flew out to Gardner in center. Arroyo got a standup double to left field just beyond LeMahieu’s reach. Dalbec flew out to right to end the half. At the bottom, Torres ground out to short. Gardner ground out to second. Gittens walked for the second time in the game. Greg Allen pinch hit for Amburgey, and he singled to right field, moving Gittens to third base. Hoy Park made his major league debut pinch-hitting for Locastro and ground out to first base. Red Sox 3 Yankees 0.

New Yankee pitcher Justin Wilson faced Hernandez in the top of the eighth and ground out to short. Verdugo struck out. Martinez homered to center for the Red Sox four-run lead. Bogaerts flew out to Gittens to end the half. At the bottom, with the Yankees behind by four runs, DJ LeMahieu flew out to the short left. Stanton struck out for the third time for even louder boos from the 40,130 in the stands. Odor went down looking as the Yankees only have three hits in the game. Red Sox 4 Yankees 0.

At the top of the ninth, the New York Yankees brought out Aroldis Chapman in a non-save situation to see if Chapman had righted himself. He faced Devers, who flew out to the far center for the first out. Renfro walked. Chapman threw to first to hold Renfro and airmailed it, allowing Renfro to go to second. Vazquez went down looking. Arroyo flew out to right. With last licks on the line for the Yankees, Sanchez struck out. Torres flew out to left-center. Gardner ground out to second to shut out the Yankees.

The winning pitcher was   Eduardo Rodriguez, and the loser was Jordan Montgomery. It was the Yankee seventh straight loss to the Red Sox.

Jordan Montgomery will start tonight for the Yankees: See the full lineup

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The weekend series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox was in jeopardy because of the Bombers’ COVID-19 outbreak, but MLB will give it a go and the matchups will begin tonight at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees have six positive cases on their roster: Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, Kyle Higashioka, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jonathan Loaisiga, and Wandy Peralta.

It will be a tall task to win the series against the Red Sox without their best player, starting third baseman and key reliever (Loaisiga), but it looks like the Yankees will need to move forward without the six players for the time being.

They will likely be placed on the COVID-19 list. Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said that he expects each of the six positive players to miss at least 10 days.

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, none of the COVID-19 positive Yankees are exhibiting severe symptoms. Boone said that “a few have said they feel like they have a cold or do not feel well.”

Jordan Montgomery will take the hill for the Yankees

As for tonight’s game, Jordan Montgomery will start in Domingo German’s place, and there haven’t been any official announcements regarding the latter. It’s unclear if he will make a start on the weekend or if he will be skipped.

The Red Sox’s supremacy against the Yankees this year has been evident, as they have swept both three-game sets that have been played to this point.

Boston currently leads the AL East division against all odds, and the Yankees are third with a 46-43 record, 8.0 games behind their archrivals and 4.5 out of the second Wild Card spot, currently held by the Oakland Athletics.

Here is tonight’s lineup:

DJ LeMahieu 3B

Giancarlo Stanton DH

Rougned Odor 2B

Gary Sanchez C

Gleyber Torres SS

Brett Gardner CF

Chris Gittens 1B

Trey Amburgey RF

Tim Locastro LF

 

Jordan Montgomery SP